Actor and comedian Chuy Bravo (born Jesus Melgoza) has reportedly died, according to Entertainment Tonight. He was 63.
No cause of death is immediately available. In 2012, he spoke to Latina.com about being a prostate cancer survivor and recovering alcoholic.
Bravo became a household name after teaming up with comedian Chelsea Handler on her popular E! network series Chelsea Lately where they collaborated from 2007-2014. She lovingly called Bravo, who had dwarfism, her little nugget.
A week ago, she posted a tribute to him on his birthday with a throwback photo and special caption.
“Happy Birthday to my OG Nugget Chuy Bravo,” she posted on December 7. “I love this picture because–not only does it look like Chuy just launched out of my peekachu, I look like a member of ZZ Top. Happy birthday Chuy, and thank you for 8 years of heavy petting.”
Bravo recently spoke to Radar Online about Handler’s sweet message, saying he hadn’t even seen the message because he was in his native Mexico. He also explained the pair hadn’t seen each other since the show ended.
“She is very busy,” Bravo told the outlet. “We have both been busy trying to do our thing that we haven’t seen each other since. But we text, we call each other. She called me last week actually before my birthday.”
He added, “I love her. She is my dearest,” he said. “I would definitely accept a job if she offered it to me.”
Bravo competed on the ABC reality competition series Spalsh in 2013, although only for a brief time. He was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury to his heel during the show’s second week. Aside from his work on television, his credits include roles in 2005’s The Honeymooners, and 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
EW has reached out to representatives for Bravo and Handler.
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